CHILDREN'S charity Barnardo’s is welcoming customers back to its Linwood store after months of lockdown.

Various measures are in place at the Bridge Street outlet to ensure the safety of staff and customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bosses said it is a relief to reopen, as the charity has struggled to raise funds recently.

Andi Gilmour, area business manager, added: “Due to post-lockdown safety regulations, all stock must be quarantined for 72 hours before it can be sorted, which takes up valuable space in the shop.

“A number of volunteers have not yet returned to the charity, which means less hands to sort donations.”

To help manage this, the charity is advising customers to call the store before taking any donations, to ensure it is able to take these.

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